Our part in the local community

 

Sure is committed to being part of island life and supporting the local community. We are proud to engage in a number of charitable and community programmes across the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

In 2012, we established the Sure Community Foundation as a recognised charity with a committee made up of staff from across the organisation. Since its launch, initially in Guernsey, the Foundation has donated over £200,000 to local causes.

We recognise that many charities, events and community groups rely solely on donations and unpaid volunteers so we try and support as many of them as we can in addition to also providing support with their telecommunications needs.

By donating telecommunications equipment or funding their communications, we enable these organisations to use technology in support of their charitable aims. Examples of this include providing mobile phones so a local care-giving charity and a domestic abuse prevention charity can have volunteers on call 24/7, plus providing mobile broadband to a charity which visits vulnerable and elderly people in their homes - helping them to use the internet to stay connected with family worldwide.

The Sure Community Foundation and our support of community events form the backbone of Sure’s CSR programme, ensuring we continue to fulfil our commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen and a proud pillar of the Bailiwick community.

We are very pleased to be able to provide this support and we look forward to supporting more charities in 2020.

Which charities does the Sure Foundation support?

The Foundation supports charities within the Bailiwick that are aligned to our guiding principles. Over the years the Sure Community Foundation has helped over 60 charities across the Channel Islands, and we continue to build on that.

The Foundation also recognises that charities and community groups need volunteer time almost as much as they need money and Sure has donated many hours of staff time to supporting charity projects through a variety of activities.

During 2019, the foundation supported some exciting charities in Guernsey including the Saffery Rotary Walk where we provided 4G routers, The Guernsey Scouts and the Youth Commission each received £2,250, we awarded The Sailing Trust with £4,400 for a RS Feva sailing dinghy to support disabled sailors, Le Rondin School received £2,000 and £2,000 was donated to Rovers RC for new dugouts.

Support in times of need

During the global coronavirus outbreak the needs of our local community have changed rapidly and significantly. The Sure Community Foundation has responded quickly to the situation and provided support for those who need it the most.

So far the Foundation have provided support to the schools to help keep children in secondary education.  The Foundation provided wifi to children in Guernsey who have no access to enable them to continue their studies at home. 

With a number of our community at home with no access to friends and family the Foundation in Guernsey supported mobile wifi via the charity Matter.gg and also gave help to a residential accommodation in which a number of our community had no ability to stay in touch with friends and family.

Finally, the Foundation has provided a free conference call facility to St Martins Church to allow up to 120 of the congregation to listen to daily and weekend services. 

How can my project apply for help?

If you would like to get in touch with us about a charitable or community project, please email CommunityFoundation@sure.com.

The committee formally meet once a month to discuss the requests we receive.